We have no issue with voluntary academisation when it’s in the best interest of a school, its pupils and local community; and we actively support and advise our members whose schools choose to convert to academy status. But we are opposed to forced academisation as we believe school leaders are best placed to make choices about the future of their school. There is no conclusive evidence to show universal academisation will improve the education of children. And small rural schools, nurseries and special schools are particularly at risk of losing their local identity by being absorbed into a multi academy trust.
After lobbying from NAHT and others, the government announced it would not force all schools to convert to academies. But this welcome news was overshadowed by the threat to enforce the academisation of good and outstanding schools in underperforming local authorities.
We continue to lobby parliament and we're working closely with other unions. This page will be updated with news of our campaigning and advice to school leaders. Check back regularly to keep up-to-date with the work we're doing.
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